Thursday, July 28, 2016

Storefront: A Historic East Village Food Tour with James & Karla Murray for Untapped cities

Please join us on Sunday, August 21st at 12pm as we lead a Storefront: A Historic East Village Food Tour for Untapped Cities @untappedcities. On this walking and tasting tour of some of our favorite East Village food establishments, you can discover the food, history, and diverse culture of our neighborhood while tasting delicious specialties from at least 6 different tasting stops. On this tour you will learn about the diverse German, Italian, Jewish and Ukrainian history of the East Village and try some fresh homemade mozzarella, drink an authentic New York City egg cream or have a freshly roasted cup of ‪#‎coffee‬ from Porto Rico ☕️, taste a hot Ukrainian potato pierogi with toppings, sample a freshly baked Jewish sugar cookie, enjoy an authentic New York hot dog ๐ŸŒญ and tropical drink and taste a freshly baked cannoli. Enough food will be sampled so that for most people lunch afterwards is not needed. Tickets for this tour are $40 (food included) and can be purchased at:

Walter's Hardware Co. In Astoria, Queens was founded in 1922 by Marty Walters.

When we took this photo in 2006 for our book "Store Front:The Disappearing Face of New York" we also interviewed the owner and got a tour of the original interior including the rolling wooden ladders that were necessary to reach the upper cabinets and shelves ๐Ÿ”ง๐Ÿ”จ๐Ÿ”ฉthat ran the length of the store. The store even had the distinctive smell of a #hardware store, which the owner explained to us "is produced by a co-mingling of odors from fertilizer and oil among others."

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Carousel Bakery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Carousel Bakery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn has a #storefront designed to attract attention with its red and white stripes. We can't think of a better way to highlight the intricate and beautiful selection of wedding and birthday #cake ๐ŸŽ‚they have in their windows! Photo of Carousel ๐ŸŽช ๐ŸŽ  Bakery from 2001 taken with 35mm film appears in our book "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York."

Rainbow, Lightning after the storm, East Village, NYC